Thursday, August 13, 2015

SummerSlam A to Z: Queen Sherri & Sharmell

Queen Sherri at SummerSlam 89
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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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We've seen plenty of kings involved in the world of wrestling, from Jerry Lawler to Harley Race to current monarch Wade Barrett.  There haven't been nearly as many queens, but two lovely royal divas made their presence known at several SummerSlam events.

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Sensational Queen Sherri first appeared by the side of Zeus and "Macho King" Randy Savage at SummerSlam 89.  The duo took on and lost to Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake.  The Queen scuffled with Hogan, Beefcake and Elizabeth.  Sherri was fearless and didn't mind mixing it up with the guys or the ladies.  She even ended up with a haircut (ponytail cut) at the end of the night.   

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A year later the former women's champion was set to battle Dusty Rhodes' valet Sapphire, but the match never happened.  It seemed Sapphire had  a price for the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and forfeited the match.  No doubt though Sherri's wardrobe and makeup that night were more memorable than the match would have been.  Six months later Sherri and Savage split and she dropped the queen gimmick, but was involved in matches at SummerSlams that followed.

Queen Sharmell helping King Booker
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Queen Sharmell never actually wrestled at a SummerSlam, but she was in the corner of her man, King Booker in 2006 and 07.  The royal couple's first SummerSlam saw Booker defending the World heavyweight title against Batista.  The Queen inserted herself in the match, kicking Batista and getting The King disqualified.  A year later it was "The King of Kings" Triple H beating Booker.  

Sherri and Sharmell were the only queens of wrestling to play the role at SummerSlam.  With the exception of Moolah taking on the role at Wrestlemania III with Race, they're the only two queen gimmicks in WWE (at least that I can remember).  They each had memorable moments during their tenures.  Long live the queens!

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